Find out how two Kings Summer League invitees plan to make an impact for the team in Las Vegas.
After suiting up for the Utah Jazz during 2013 Orlando Summer League, forward Drew Gordon flew into Las Vegas on Wednesday ready to make a positive impression as a member of the Kings Summer League Team.
“Basketball is basketball – you get to play it whenever and wherever,” he said smiling. “You just have to make the most of the time you have.”
The 2012 Mountain West Tournament MVP – whose additional Summer League experience includes five contests with the Dallas Mavericks last year – looks forward to showcasing his talent starting with Thursday’s evening scrimmage.
“I think I still need to brush up on the plays, go home and run over the playbook,” said Gordon after Thursday’s early practice. “(I’ll) come back (Thursday night) and try to implement it in the five-on-five, fastbreak-type stuff.”
Forward David Lighty – who similarly joined the Kings after suiting up with the Brooklyn Nets during action in Orlando – gained an immediate appreciation for Head Coach Michael Malone.
“So far, it’s wonderful – the knowledge of the game, (he’s) trying to teach you step by step of seeing things when they happen, never stopping on plays, always playing, never giving up,” said the Ohio State product. “That’s the way I play basketball, so I’ll be able to fit in perfectly.”
Lighty – who participated in a pre-Draft workout for the Kings in 2011 – believes his recent sucess in France and Italy has allowed him to develop into a more versatile and experienced player.
“It’s been a journey – across the waters, back, across the waters again and back,” he said. “Now, (I’m) using everything I’ve learned since then of the NBA game, the overseas game and how I’ve improved my overall game.”
- Kings legend Mitch Richmond was on-site to take in Thursday’s morning practice, which included a film session and various on-court drills.
- In case you missed it, be sure to check out Ray McCallum’s impressive one-handed slam that took place during Wednesday’s evening session.
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